Glasgow Warriors list 36 players for South Africa trip

Alex Samuel, Angus Fraser and Sione Vailanu all in frame for debuts

Former Scotland under-20s captain Alex Samuel could make his Glasgow Warriors debut in South Africa during the next fortnight. Image: © Craig Watson -
Former Scotland under-20s captain Alex Samuel will make his Glasgow Warriors debut against Benetton. Image: © Craig Watson -

GLASGOW WARRIORS head coach Franco Smith has included 20-year-old second-row Alex Samuel and 22-year-old hooker Angus Fraser in the 36-strong squad which flew out to South Africa this [Tuesday] afternoon ahead of playing two United Rugby Championship matches against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday the Lions in Johannesburg seven days later.

The pair graduated from the academy to senior contracts during the summer. They are untested at this level but have impressed whilst playing Super6 in recent weeks.

Samuel, a former Scotland under-20s captain, was named man-of-the-match when the Ayrshire Bulls defeated Stirling Wolves 26-0 on Friday night thanks to a towering line-out performance and hugely physical showing around the park, which featured an earth-shaking tackle on giant Tongan winger (and fellow Warriors squad member) Walter Fifita.

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Fraser came off the bench for the Wolves during the second half of that match, but really caught the eye seven days earlier when he scored the opening try and registered a man-of-the-match performance as the Bridgehaugh franchise claimed their first win of the season against Boroughmuir Bears.

Meanwhile, Tongan international No 8 Sione Vailanu is also in the frame for his first Warriors appearance following his move to the club from Worcester Warriors during the summer, having also caught the eye whilst playing for Bulls on Friday night.

Stand-off Ross Thompson and full-back Ollie Smith are also in the travelling party having played for the Bulls the last two weekends as part of their rehabilitation from the back injuries which side-lined them at the start of the season.

Scrum-half Jamie Dobie has recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up whilst play for Bay of Plenty during the summer and is also in line for a first appearance of the season.

Club captain Kyle Steyn will travel with the squad as he continues his phased return to play following a hamstring injury two weeks ago, but there is no Rufus McLean, who sustained a similar injury a week later and is not going to recover quickly enough to have a realistic chance of playing against either the Sharks or the Lions.

Scotland international tight-head prop Simon Berghan is fit but hasn’t been included in the squad, as is he case with Fifita.


Forwards: Lewis Bean, Jamie Bhatti, Fraser Brown, Gregor Brown, Scott Cummings, Jack Dempsey, JP du Preez, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Angus Fraser, Thomas Gordon, Richie Gray, Oli Kebble, Sintu Manjezi, Johnny Matthews, Nathan McBeth, Alex Samuel, Lucio Sordoni, George Turner, Sione Vailanu, Murphy Walker, Ryan Wilson.

Backs: Sebastian Cancelliere, Jamie Dobie, Cole Forbes, George Horne, Sam Johnson, Tom Jordan, Stafford McDowall, Josh McKay, Domingo Miotti, Ali Price, Ollie Smith, Kyle Steyn, Ross Thompson, Sione Tuipulotu.

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  1. Can anyone tell what was the point of signing Walter Fafita?
    He is either injured, playing for Tonga or super 6.

    • Bit of Deja Vu – Naiyaravoro?? Signed for his size but never fulfilled his potential at Glasgow? Albeit he has now settled into the premiership but struggled to settle into the Glasgow game defensively….

  2. Tough couple of matches, especially the Sharks one. Injuries not helping selection options. Notice there are only 3 centres although Steyn can play there when and if fit. Wonder when Huw Jones will have recovered and be playing again. Had hoped Glasgow might have tried to recruit Smith the Worcester fly half but ai see he has joined Northampton. Pity.o

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